Dr Lucy Asher

B.VSc. MANZCVS(Veterinary Behaviour) Fear Free Certified
Behaviour Veterinarian

Dr Lucy Asher is a fully qualified Veterinarian with further training and experience in veterinary behavioural medicine. She is available for behaviour consultations in the Illawarra and southern Sydney on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and occasionally on Saturdays.

Early interest in Behavioural Medicine

Dr Lucy’s interest in behavioural medicine began at university in the UK where she was fascinated to learn that so much of what she had been told about cat and dog behaviour growing up was, in fact, incorrect! Then once she moved to Australia in 2016, Dr Lucy was able to pursue her interest in behavioural medicine. Dr Lucy has worked in a Fear Free and ISFM accredited clinic and loved seeing the positive impact that this has, primarily on her patients but also their owners and staff. She was instrumental in bringing about these changes to the clinic and has mentored staff to help them improve their behaviour and handling skills.

Dr Lucy feels that behavioural problems in cats and dogs are often misunderstood and finds enormous satisfaction in helping pets with mental health problems and seeing the positive impact this has on the human animal bond.

Qualifications and Experience

Dr Lucy graduated from the University of Liverpool with distinction in 2011. She worked in mixed practice in the UK after qualifying, before becoming a locum to indulge her passion of travel. Whilst travelling, Lucy would often do voluntary work at spay and neuter clinics overseas, in countries including Fiji, Thailand and Morocco.

Dr Lucy holds a Fear Free certification and a Stress Free certification, which shows that she understands how to make vet visits as enjoyable for everyone as possible.

In 2021 Dr Lucy was awarded a Membership (by examination) of the Behaviour Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. This means that she has proven by examination to be highly knowledgeable in the field of veterinary behavioural medicine.

Continuing Professional Education

Our knowledge and understanding of veterinary science and medicine is constantly evolving. It is therefore important to keep up-to-date with the latest developments. Dr Lucy has completed the following courses and seminars focusing on behaviour:
  • CVE Distance Education in Behaviour Medicine with Dr Kersti Seksel, arguably the gold standard course for behaviour vets in Australia.
  • “What’s Behaviour Got to Do with It?” A three-day conference organised by the Centre for Veterinary Education.
  • Fear Free Certification
  • Stress-Free certification
  • ‘Preparing pets for plane travel’ webinar
  • ‘Understanding rescue pets behaviour in the clinic setting’ webinar
  • ‘Let’s talk cat and dog behaviour at 2nd vac (and put some myths to bed)’ webinar
  • ‘Worried about separation anxiety? Preparing your dog for life after lockdown’ webinar

Other Interests

Outside of work Dr Lucy enjoys travel (COVID allowing!), scuba diving, hiking and skiing.